The Chicago Bears need to get the most out of David Montgomery on Sunday
David Montgomery has had flashes here and there but has not put together a dominant game yet in 2020. Montgomery posted 82 yards on the ground and 45 receiving against the New York Giants, but that is the only game he has a combined total over 100 yards. Needless to say, he has yet to hit 100 on the ground.
It is fair to note that the Bears are in comeback mode often, and beyond that, he saw a career-high seven receptions on Sunday. However. if the team wants to beat Carolina, they need to get Montgomery in the mix early and often.
The Panthers biggest issue has been their run defense. However, beyond that, they are top five in allowing targets to the running back. Teams beat the Panthers with their running back.
In week one, Josh Jacobs saw 25 rushes and 6 targets. He put up 93, and 46 yards respectively. Montgomery has gone over 25 rushes once, and the only two times in his career he saw six targets or more were the past two weeks.
Leonard Fournette has done little to nothing this year, but ripped off 103 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. He even caught four passes against the is defense, albeit for just 13 yards.
Austin Ekler only had 12 rushes, for 59 yards, but that is because Josh Kelley had eight for 43, the best game of his rookie year. Beyond that, Ekler caught 11 of 11 targets for 84 yards. It is worth noting that the Panthers held the Cardinals backs in check, but Kyler Murray ran for over 70 yards, and Chase Edmonds caught five balls.
Lastly, Todd Gurley ran for 121 yards on 14 attempts. He added four catches as well.
The Panthers have essentially not stopped anybody on the ground as a team. Most big names such as Gurley, Fournette, Jacobs, and Ekler saw huge games.
Brian Burns and Yetur-Gross Matos are questionable, while Kawaan Short is out for the year. The Chicago Bears offensive line should have a huge advantage in the trenches. The offense should flow through David Montgomery on Sunday, and he should be in line for a career game.